Baby simulator helps with surprise arrivals
RYAN Dobbrick only has to look into the eyes of his adorable baby son Eddie to know why he decided to support a life-changing project.
Mr Dobbrick is the principal of Ipswich business Dobbrick Financial Services, a 1000 Club member of the Fortnum Foundation.
A member donation of $1000 is matched by the organisation dollar for dollar up to $20,000.
In its first year of fundraising last year, the Foundation supported three charities and has set its sights on the next $20,000 for a new baby simulator.
"This is a cause that is close to my heart following the premature birth of my son Eddie in July," Mr Dobbrick said. "The simulator allows doctors to simulate emergency procedures for newborn premature babies. It looks like a doll but acts just like a premature baby in distress.
"Doctors can control the simulator by a computer that looks just like an iPad."
At the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital neonatal intensive care unit, a $36,000 baby simulator can do this and Fortnum Foundation hopes to donate $20,000 for it.
Ryan's wife Shannon was six weeks short of full term with their first child when she went to hospital at midnight.
"It was a massive surprise. We didn't even have a bag packed or anything," Mr Dobbrick said.
"I thought they would send us home. Next thing they were handing us cards to order food for the next five days. Then he was born and we didn't have a name."
He said Eddie was in the special care nursery at the Wesley Hospital for a month and in a humidicrib for a few weeks.
"For the first month he was fed through a nasal tube until he learned to feed himself," he said.
"We knew he was in good hands so we were happy that he was there sort of thing. The nurses are just amazing what they do.
"He's more than doubled in size; he was five pounds two when he was born and now he's 11 pounds so he's all good."